Mark C. Biderman, a distinguished communal leader and expert in the financial services industry, was re-elected Treasurer of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in New York on June 4, 2018. As Treasurer since 2008, Chair of the Finance Committee, and former Chair of HUC-JIR’s Eastern Region Board of Overseers, Biderman has sustained HUC-JIR’s financial sustainability and ensured its continued academic excellence.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Interim President, stated, "Mark Biderman's passionate commitment to our sacred mission of preparing Jewish leaders today and for the future is a source of wisdom and guidance. His dedicated partnership, vision for Reform Judaism, and expertise in finance are vital resources as we strengthen our institution of Jewish higher education.”
"I have been honored to serve as a governor and as Treasurer of HUC-JIR and help this important institution achieve its goals," said Biderman.
A leader with more than 40 years of business and financial experience, Biderman is an Independent Director of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. He served as Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer at National Financial Partners Corp. He previously served as Managing Director and head of the Financial Institutions Group in the Corporate Finance Department of CIBC World Markets Group (formerly Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.), a position he held since 1987. From 1969 to 1987, he served as Senior Analyst in the Equity Research Department of Oppenheimer covering the financial services industry and was elected to the Institutional Investor All America Research Team from 1973 to 1985. He is a C.F.A. and was Past President of the Bank and Financial Analysts Association.
Biderman received the B.S.E. from Princeton University and the M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He previously served Board of Directors Chair of the Center for Jewish Life – Princeton Hillel, serves on the Advisory Council of the Program in Judaic Studies of Princeton University, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and is Past Chairman of the Board and President of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.